As we celebrate Indigenous History Month during the month of June and Indigenous People’s Day on June 21, we recognize the richness of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, communities and cultures. 

Read U of G’s Indigenous History Month Statement that reaffirms U of G’s commitment to advancing Indigenous initiatives, fostering understanding, and promoting reconciliation. 

Learn more about how you can integrate Indigenization into your work and connect with the Indigenous community on campus through the events below. 

Indigenous History Month Events

  • Acknowledging Indigenous Lands

    Land acknowledgements have become common practice in higher education. However, many questions have been raised about their intention, accuracy and usefulness.

    • Wednesday, June 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (University Centre 442) 
  • All Our Relations: Indigenous Staff and Faculty Circle

    The All Our Relations community welcomes all First Nations, Inuit and Métis faculty and staff to connect and gather to expand relations, for mutual support and to explore opportunities for networking, professional development, collaboration, advocacy and events on topics relevant to them. 

    • Monday, June 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Location provided upon emailing 
  • Introduction to Working with Indigenous Peoples

     As we action our commitments to reconciliation and decolonization, Indigenous peoples are often invited to participate in university activities in student support, teaching, research, and learning and development. These collaborative efforts require thoughtful consideration. Join us to explore insights on fostering meaningful, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous peoples.

    • Tuesday, June 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (University Centre 442) 
  • Indigenous Peoples Day: Guelph Community Event

    U of G encourages you to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by joining the Guelph community for a event hosted by local Indigenous community members featuring music, dancing, drumming and stories.

    • Friday, June 21, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Riverside Park north, near the bandshell)

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Indigenous Art at OVC: Artists describe their work

    The Ontario Veterinary College recently purchased several pieces of art from Bay of Spirits Gallery in Toronto for its Enhanced Clinical Learning Centre to enhance the presence of Indigenous cultures and perspectives within the physical spaces of the college.

  • Waasamowin: SSC Atrium Honoured with Anishinaabemowin Name

    Waasamowin, meaning “to be bathed in the light,” reflects the unique characteristics of the atrium. In addition to the naming, four pieces of art by First Nations and Métis artists are now installed in the space as part of neuroscience professor Dr. Melissa Perreault’s work to Indigenize science at U of G.